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Freedom to Read Week 2021: Start Here

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Celebrate Freedom to Read Week

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Every year, well-meaning Canadians ask their local public, school, or university libraries to remove or censor items from the collection. Common justifications are for religious, sexual, racial, cultural, or political content that the challenger finds personally offensive or potentially dangerous to young impressionable readers. Most of these challenges are unsuccessful, and the items remain on the shelf for readers to borrow.

All of the books in this guide have been challenged repeatedly over the years.  Read more about when and why these books, and others, have been targeted.

Challenged Children's and Young Adult Fiction

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Exercise YOUR freedom to read!

Looking for your next great read? Try one of these lists, or one of the titles on the padlet below. Feel free to add your own!

Challenged Adult Fiction

Challenged Classics

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